I started my swimming training in earnest since the AA Macau, I can swim for many years but only really confident in breast stroke, with freestyle I can cover 8 laps of a 50m pool at most and I would need to take a few breath or switch back to breast. I have been trying to improve my freestyle for more than 10 years but has hardly got very far. Then in Bintan I realised there are even more I have to learn, I cannot breath on my right side and I cannot look ahead without interrupting my strokes. Anyhow, throwing myself to the deep end is my favourite pass time and I am doing it literally this time. Bought myself a copy of "Triathlon Training - Swimming" by Steven Tarpinian. It has got many great stuff on improving swimming for runners and bikers. I tried doing the ten drills it suggested and has got me really tired on just the first one. Which was just kicking water while staying vertically in water. Impossible for even 30secs, but I meant to wear paddles to do that, but being unsupportive as it is with the Hong Kong Government. Swimming aides of any kind are not allowed in the public pools. Right now I am exploring other options to get some proper trainning. Anyone got any bright advice?